Courtesy photo Igor and the Red Elvises
Igor and the Red Elvises claim to be your favorite band. Given enough time with the crazy music the combo generates -- a mixture of traditional Russian folk combined with surf, hard rock, rockabilly, ska (well, you get the picture) -- and its infectious nature could easily take hold. Before long, one might also be wearing striped jumpsuits, sporting pompadours and building oversized instruments. Stranger things have happened.
Yet to hear band founder, lead singer, and songwriter Igor Yuzov tell it, it's not so strange after all.
"It's pretty natural, the two. I've always loved rock 'n' roll, surf music, and all. I tried to kind of play like that, but with Russian background, it comes out a little different," Yuzov says, fighting off jet lag at his Los Angeles home. The band just returned from a brief tour in Ukraine and Russia. "We don't try to play Russian style. It just sort of comes to us. We grew up with that kind of music, so that's how we make those sounds. Even if we tried to sound like American band we probably wouldn't be able to do it."More »